Mabrouk replaces Youssef as Ahly coach

Fathi Mabrouk has replaced Mohamed Youssef as coach of record eight-time African champions Al-Ahly, the Egyptian football club announced.

Youth team coach Mabrouk will take charge of the Cairo 'Red Devils' until the end of the season after Youssef resigned. Youssef led Ahly to the CAF Champions League title last year, but has been under pressure since a shock 2014 qualifying defeat by Libyan namesakes Al-Ahly Benghazi.

Football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz and football supervisor Hady Khashaba also resigned. After the Benghazi loss, Ahly were demoted to the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup and squeezed past Moroccans Difaa El-Jadidi last weekend to reach the group stage.

The challenge now is to be become the first Egyptian winners of the 11-year competition -- the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

Ahly are in Group B with Ivorians Sewe San Pedro, Tunisians Etoile Sahel and Zambians Nkana and the winners and runners-up qualify for the semi-finals.

Apart from eight Champions League titles, Ahly have lifted the CAF Super Cup six times and the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup four times.